People often ask questions regarding safe, alternatives to conventional medicine in treating common/minor childhood illnesses.
We have four children,the oldest is 11, and none of them have EVER been on antibiotics or taken ANY prescription drugs. My philosophy is simple – a focus on building healthy immune systems and lifestyle habits. When they do catch a bug – the solution, is to boost their immune system further with appropriate supplements and not to run to the doctor.
I consulted naturopathic doctors, took courses in nutrition, herbology, energy healing, aromatherapy, read up about homeopathics and researched, researched and researched for years. I suggest that you do too, I’m only sharing what works for us – and hope to inspire discovery of what will work for you.
Some of my decisions are controversial, some – where research proved to be too confusing with far too many studies suggesting opposite actions, are based on “mother’s intuition” only.
As a compliment to nutritious food (well, 98% of the time) lots of outside time, minimized media exposure, sufficient sleep, sunshine and lots of laughs – we also rely on the following supplements that I ALWAYS have in stock:
A high quality multivitamin w/o calcium (nothing with “calcium added” makes it into my house. Calcium blocks absorption of everything else – and if used, should be taken before bedtime with enough magnesium and Vit D).
Extra Vitamin C (ester-C, or even better CamuCamu)
Vitamin D for my northern homestead
Greens (either in a green smoothie, a juice, salad – or when that isn’t an option – as a powder/pill)
My children and I, don’t always take all of these pills every single day. We shake up the routine a bit, but over the course of a week, they do get it all.
Check back for posts about cures for the common cold, sore throats, stomach flu, earaches, bruises, bee stings and whatever else little ones drag into the home…
If you’re up to a seriously HEALTHY regimen – that I see as the ULTIMATE way to feed your children check out Shazzie’s take on this. I’m still working on getting enough greens into my kids, not ready for her supermom approach — yet! But DO go there to get inspired!